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    How to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

    March 7, 2016


    How to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

    How to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

    Hidden water leaks around the house or in exterior infrastructure can cause expensive damage and cost you big bucks.

    Little drips of water can ruin the cabinets under the kitchen sink, and run down into the floor sheathing and joists underneath, so you need a structural repair, plus new cabinets and new kitchen flooring.

    Mold grows quickly

    There is a 24 to 48 hour window from when something gets wet until mold could start to grow. After that time, mold will multiply exponentially if the conditions are right. When mold growth is widespread, you may need the services of a mold remediation company to treat and remove the mold.

    If you want to avoid costly repairs, or the chance of mold, check out these water damage prevention tips.

    1. Investigate leaks right away and fix promptly

    Signs that your plumbing could be clogged with rust and minerals include your appliances are filling with water slower, your shower pressure is low, higher water bill, or you might notice a brown tint to your water when you turn on the faucet.

    The main problem is your galvanized pipes are starting to show signs of rust, gunk and mineral deposits that will sooner than later result in a foul smell, low water pressure that could be unhealthy to drink. You could also develop cracks in the pipes that could result in mold, rot and possible damage to your home or business.

    2. Check your water bill

    With so many water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is done. Sometimes your water use can be seasonal. Perhaps at certain times of the year you have a lot of house guests, flushing, washing and using more water than usual. But be mindful of these adjustments and use a sudden increase as a sign that your household might be leaking water.

    3. Be careful where you plant

    Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.

    4. Never pour grease down your sink

    You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious damage and blockage.

    5. Check for slab leaks

    Unless your house is on a raised foundation, its quite likely your plumbing is buried under poured concrete. If you have visited a construction site and seen with pipes coming gout of the ground those are plumbing pipes.

    Despite the use of new non corrosive materials, many homes and businesses were built using a more natural material like metal or copper pipes. Over time those natural materials are prone to corrosion and leaking.

    Check appliances regularly

    Check and maintain your home appliances regularly for leaks, according to manufacturer’s directions.

    Remember: Not all water damage is covered by your insurance

    It is a good idea to look over your insurance policy and familiarize yourself with any exclusion to your water damage coverage. For instance, most policies cover sudden damage, like water damage from a really bad storm or from an overflowing washing machine. On the other hand, any water damage that happens because you didn’t maintain the property may be excluded, as well as gradual leaks that caused water damage over time.

    Hiring a Pro

    Many plumbing issues might seem like an easy fix for DIY homeowners, but often there are jobs that should be left to the professionals. Sometimes an easy and cheap fix can be complicated by somebody who does not have certified training.

    Don’t turn a cheap fix into a real problem by trying to do things yourself.

    About TitanZ Plumbing

    Titanz Plumbings home office is located in Charlotte County. Kenny and Rachael Lowe grew up in Charlotte County and are raising their family here in Port Charlotte. Titanz Plumbing has service technicians dedicated to the Charlotte County, Lee County and Sarasota County area, from Englewood to North Fort Myers.

    Call us today for any Southwest Florida, Charlotte, Lee or Sarasota County plumbing services you need!

    In business since 2007, Titanz Plumbing Inc. offers professional plumbing and emergency repairs in Southwest Florida and the surrounding area. Family owned and operated, we pride ourselves in offering customer satisfaction with friendly, reliable service. Contact us today!

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